The greatest hunting challenge you can experience
The thrill of the hunt is only emphasised when your weapon of choice is a bow. Africa is the ideal hunting location when you are using your bow to take down some of Africa’s toughest game. Bow hunting in Africa or South Africa is one of the most challenging and rewarding styles of hunting but it is one worth indulging in when you have a passion for the sport and you want to be closer to your target .
Graham Safaris offers bow hunting safaris allowing the hunter to choose from a variety of bows, broadheads, and regions. In South Africa, bow hunting is permitted using one of three kinds of bows: the recurve bow, the longbow, and the compound bow. Of these three bows, it is the compound bow that remains the most popular among avid bow hunters. The compound bow is easier to use when hunting game, especially in South Africa where the game can be a lot craftier than in other regions of the world.
The right draw weight for that perfect shot
Bow hunting is not as easy as it looks, which is partly why it is a challenge. And because of the challenge it poses, it is important to make sure that you have the right bow as well as the right draw weight. The weight of the draw of the bow will likely need to differ depending on the game that you are pursuing.
With your average plains game such as antelope, the minimum weight you are looking at is around 50lbs. While this is the minimum requirement, it is all dependent on your skill and your ease with the draw, keeping in mind that you need to keep a steady hand while also being flexible enough to move with your target.
Keeping the minimum weight in mind, you might be more comfortable with a 60lbs or 80lbs draw. Before you set out to hunt with a bow, make sure that you know which weight works best for you. It is recommended that you spend time practicing before you hunt with a bow. Being comfortable and having some practice will ensure that all important arrow placement is not missed. You don’t want to track a wounded animal; a kindly placed kill shot is what you are looking for. Placement of the shot is also important in terms of whether or not you will be wanting to take a trophy home. A trophy can be spoiled by an unpractised shot that delivers a kill but spoils the trophy.
Choose the arrow to accompany your bow
Removable blades, fixed blades and expandable blades, these are the three arrowheads available for bow hunting in South Africa. They are the three blades proven to be the most effective for hunting African game. As with bow styles and draw weights, the arrow heads that you choose are completely dependent on your preferences and your comfort.
Bow hunting changes from area to area. South Africa, along with Mozambique and Namibia, is a land with of a variety of different, and often tough, terrains and vegetation which is in places dense. All of this is taken into account when you are bow hunting with our team. As experts in bow hunting, as well as experienced and passionate hunters, we want you to get the most out of your experience. Get into contact with us and enjoy a different style of hunting.